Kevin Kirsche
Kevin is a graphic designer and web developer working full-time at Hampden-Sydney College as well on a number of freelance projects. At 23 years old, he continues to learn and teach others as he works his way to the top of his field. You can view his portfolio by browsing
  • Computer Skills
    An In-Depth Look at 1Password 41password4 updatedretinathumb
    Passwords protect our digital lives from prying eyes and malicious individuals. Since so much emphasis is placed on passwords protecting our banking information, saved credit card information on online stores, and the ability to use our digital identity on social media, the risks associated with using the same password on multiple sites is greater than ever before. In this tutorial I will explain how to use 1Password 4 ($49.99 in the Mac App Store) to manage your digital identity, including passwords, credit cards, software licenses and more.Read More…
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    Take Control of Your Fonts in OS XTakecontrolofyourfonts retinathumb
    Having a large collection of fonts can considerably slow down your Mac. The more fonts that you have installed, the longer many applications will take to load. Applications such as word processors, graphic design software, and even internet browsers. In this tutorial, I’ll explain what different types of fonts exist, the benefits of managing your fonts, how to manage them using Font Book as well as what professional font management software exists and what the benefits of these are.Read More…
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    An Overview of Virtual Machines in OS XVirtualizing osx retinapreview
    Virtual Machines are a great way to experiment with a new operating system, work safely on a new development project, test new software, or allow a child to play and explore without fear of harming your computer. In this tutorial I will explain what a virtual machine is, reasons you may want to use a virtual machine, how to select the best virtualization software for your needs, and what types of things can be run in a virtual machine.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Stop Your Mac From Sleeping Using the Command LineRetinapreviewimage stopmacfromsleepingfromcommandline
    Computers sleep as a way to save energy and prevent unnecessary wear on your machine's hardware. Yet there are times you may want to stop your Mac from sleeping such as when you’re watching a movie, cloning a large repository from GitHub, or need to let a large download finish from your favorite website. When in these situations, it can be inconvenient to look through System Preferences > Energy Saver until you find the settings needed and then you must remember to re-enable your original settings when you are done. With OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion, we are able to stop our Macs from sleeping for a period of time from our command line with the caffeinate command. Let’s take a look at how to use this command, and some alternatives for older machines.Read More…
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    Up and Running With the Alfred Powerpack — WorkflowsAlfred app powerpack finalpreviewretina
    In the Up and Running With the Alfred Powerpack — The Basics tutorial, we covered a number of great PowerPack features such as Syncing, Custom Searches, Email, and 1Password. I highly recommend taking a look at that if you are new to Alfred, as below we will be focusing on Workflows and some of the more advanced aspects of this feature. In this tutorial, I will be creating two types of workflows. One is a basic app launcher, that you might run when you get to work, while the other is a more in-depth look of how you can code your own workflow. I have intentionally omitted some features in the coding your own workflow section, to give you room to expand and practice what you've learned today. I encourage you to try to add more to them and share with others in the comments what you learned. The best way to learn is to share with others!Read More…
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    Up and Running With the Alfred Powerpack — The BasicsAlfred app powerpack finalpreviewretina
    For many years Mac users have been blessed with a number of great launcher applications. These applications allow you to use keywords or hotkey combinations to quickly launch an application or perform a particular action. Recently, one of the top launcher applications, Alfred app, was updated to version two. With this update comes a plethora of new and improved features. In this tutorial I'll be showing you the unique and powerful features available to Alfred app Powerpack users. Read More…